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Hansard Global (LON:HSD) Is Due To Pay A Dividend Of £0.018

The board of Hansard Global plc (LON:HSD) has announced that it will pay a dividend of £0.018 per share on the 25th of April. This makes the dividend yield 8.8%, which will augment investor returns quite nicely.

View our latest analysis for Hansard Global

Hansard Global Is Paying Out More Than It Is Earning

We like to see robust dividend yields, but that doesn't matter if the payment isn't sustainable. Before making this announcement, Hansard Global was paying out a fairly large proportion of earnings, and it wasn't generating positive free cash flows either. Generally, we think that this would be a risky long term practice.

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EPS is set to fall by 13.6% over the next 12 months. If the dividend continues along the path it has been on recently, the payout ratio in 12 months could be 96%, which is definitely a bit high to be sustainable going forward.

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Dividend Volatility

While the company has been paying a dividend for a long time, it has cut the dividend at least once in the last 10 years. Since 2014, the dividend has gone from £0.08 total annually to £0.0445. Doing the maths, this is a decline of about 5.7% per year. A company that decreases its dividend over time generally isn't what we are looking for.

The Dividend's Growth Prospects Are Limited

With a relatively unstable dividend, and a poor history of shrinking dividends, it's even more important to see if EPS is growing. Unfortunately, Hansard Global's earnings per share has been essentially flat over the past five years, which means the dividend may not be increased each year. Earnings are not growing quickly at all, and the company is paying out most of its profit as dividends. That's fine as far as it goes, but we're less enthusiastic as this often signals that the dividend is likely to grow slower in the future.

Hansard Global's Dividend Doesn't Look Sustainable

Overall, it's nice to see a consistent dividend payment, but we think that longer term, the current level of payment might be unsustainable. The track record isn't great, and the payments are a bit high to be considered sustainable. Overall, we don't think this company has the makings of a good income stock.

It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. To that end, Hansard Global has 3 warning signs (and 2 which shouldn't be ignored) we think you should know about. Is Hansard Global not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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